ADMJUS-125 - Criminal Law - Brian Hospodar
You're in the right place. Here, we will unpack the essence of what it means to work inside the criminal justice system. This is a place to develop pride in serving society. To honor our Constitution. We do this by developing the skills required of a professional. Some of those skills center around conducting or overseeing thorough investigations leading to arrests and convictions of those who choose to be predators. Those who consciously destabilize the peace and balance of community and our society. You may be here to discover whether you should pursue a career in this profession. This course will help you decide and will also allow you to experience the satisfaction of knowing that this work serves a greater good. While addressing students, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Philosopher, Dr. Albert Schweitzer said, "But I know one thing: the only ones of you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." People who choose criminal justice as a profession, and then serve, are happy people. Coming into the knowledge that what you do does profoundly serve humanity... is perhaps the greatest reward. I look forward to the journey with you.
A member of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) since 1980. A third-generation cop, I have extensive investigative, supervisory and operational experience, and have conducted complex investigations into criminal activity while assigned to Major Crimes, Vice, and Narcotics Divisions. I've been a Patrol Supervisor, Venice Beach Detail Supervisor, VICE Supervisor, and Detective in Narcotics, Counter-Terrorism, and Transnational Organized Crime.
I have developed relationships and worked closely with a number of federal and municipal law enforcement agencies having held a U.S. Government clearance. I was also selected by the State Department to work for the United Nations investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I lived for one-year in the war-torn former Yugoslavia preparing criminal cases for the World Court at the Hague. This experience allowed me a unique international law enforcement perspective. I co-started the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA), Sensitive Investigations Unit (SIU) as a Task Force Officer. Our mission at SIU was to investigate transnational organized crime syndicates trafficking drugs to support world-wide terrorism.
Much of my work has focused on transforming law enforcement from within the institution. I have developed several law enforcement courses addressing significant strategic needs and wrote the LAPD’s ‘Supervisory Guide to Discipline’ and ‘Search Warrant Manual’. I have taught Recruit, In-service, Supervisory, Civilian, Management, and Command College courses at the Los Angeles Police Academy. I am an Instructor for the Los Angeles County Regional Training Center teaching in-service courses to Police Officers. I hold a B.S. in Business Management. I am also a Certified Yoga instructor teaching cops to de-escalate from the inside-out.
Presents the historical development, philosophy of law and U.S. Constitutional provisions, including definitions, classification of crimes, concepts of legal research, case law, and concepts of law as a social force. Discusses various elements of crimes and relates common law to current California law.
What to Expect in this Course
RECOMMENDED PREPARATION: ENGL-101 or 101H
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
- Interpret case decisions and precedent
- Analyze criminal acts, their elements, parties to offenses, and application to the criminal justice system
- Express an increased awareness of the legal principles of criminal law and its application
COURSE STRUCTURE: This course is conducted through on-campus in-class interactions using Socratic Questioning to promote independent thinking & ownership of learned material. You will also participate using COC’s learning management system called CANVAS (https://canvas.canyons.edu).
Types of Assessments
GRADING: In assigning the final grade, I will look at your understanding of the material and overall performance as well as your contribution to the class. Assessment of your performance will be based on journals, quizzes, exams, current events, and participation in class discussions. Your grade will be based on the total accumulation of course points listed in the syllabus.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Criminal Law, 12th Ed.
Author: Samaha, Joel
Additional Recommended Texts: To Be Announced
Other Relevant Course Information
If there are any questions regarding this Orientation Letter, please email me at Brian.Hospodar@canyons.edu. Remember, I am here to help you do your personal best! Enjoy your journey!
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- You will need to have an up-to-date browser, operating system, and some additional software on your computer to take this class. Check this Distance Education page for hardware & software requirements (Links to an external site.). Some of the documents in this course will be available to you in PDF form. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader software on your computer, you can download it by going to http://get.adobe.com/reader/ (Links to an external site.).
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
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Last updated: 08/09/2022 Sub#: 1429